The elegantly restrained, stealthily thought-provoking drama Marjorie Prime imagines a near-future world in which the wonders of artificial intelligence can summon up the dear departed as holograms of their past selves.
So ailing 85-year-old Marjorie (played by veteran actress Lois Smith) can reminisce with a fortysomething version of her late husband (Jon Hamm) that has been programmed by her daughter (Geena Davis) and son-in-law (Tim Robbins) to offer aid and consolation. Yet even when recalled by a computer, the past is never fixed. Especially when it involves pain and loss.
Adapted from Jordan Harrison’s Pulitzer-nominated play (which also starred Smith), writer-director Michael Almeyreda’s superbly acted film haunts the mind long after you’ve seen it. And it offers plenty of stimulating ideas about grief, memory and the solace of forgetting.
Certificate 12. Runtime 95 mins. Director Michael Almereyda
Marjorie Prime is available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital from 29 January from Bulldog Films.